October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

3 10 2008

In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The month evolved from the first Day of Unity in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

 The purpose was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. This soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state and national levels.

 

The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed in October 1987. Also, the first national toll-free hotline was begun. (www.ncadv.org)

 

Below are statistics about domestic violence:

  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwised abused in her lifetime.
  • Nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives, according to a 1998 Commonwealth Fund survey.
  • Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically or sexually abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.
  • Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate.
  • On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day.
  • Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  • Forty percent of girls age 14-17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. (from www.endabuse.org)

Next week: How to tell if you, or someone you know, is in an abusive relationship, and how to get help.

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